Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality series sequel offers more drama, few life lessons.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Being pregnant and a parent at a young age is hard. The various long-term consequences of this aren't always discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some moms approach their pregnancies more mature than others. One expectant parent is transgender. 

Violence

Lots of arguing, which leads to yelling, screaming, door slamming, etc. 

Sex

Being young and pregnant is the main theme of the show. References to having sex. Child birthing moments are shown. 

Language

"Hell," "bitch," lots of bleeped curses. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One young woman's parents are drug addicts. Drinking is sometimes visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, another installment of the Teen Mom franchise, is about young women who are coping with pregnancy and motherhood. It highlights the challenges of their individual situations, but focuses more on the discord between the babies' fathers, family, and friends. There's lots of arguing, which leads to yelling, screaming, strong language (including bleeped cursing), as well as conversations about sex and infidelity. Addiction is addressed, and drinking is sometimes visible. Scenes from various births are shown. 

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What's the story?

TEEN MOM: YOUNG AND PREGNANT, an installment of the Teen Mom franchise, is a reality series that follows five young women between the ages of 17 and 21 as they struggle with being pregnant and becoming young mothers. As Ashley, Brianna, Jade, Layla, and Lexi await the birth of their babies, they negotiate relationships with the fathers, their parents, and peers as they come to terms with the fact that their lives are changed forever. 

Is it any good?

This unscripted series highlights the challenges that come with becoming a young parent, but it's not a very fresh addition to the Teen Mom canon. Much of the drama comes from the cast's struggles to maintain positive and stable relationships with their babies' fathers. Adding to this are the additional conflicts brought on by feuding grandparents, addiction, and a judgmental community. 

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant serves as a cautionary tale for young adults (and to some extent, their parents). However, it follows an overall soap opera-like formula that moves away from teaching life lessons and creates entertainment out of personal disagreements and discord. This formula has made the overall franchise popular, and it's yielded a fair share of controversial reality celebs. As a result, one has to question what messages the viewers of Young and Pregnant are going to come away with. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges that come with having children at a young age. What are the disadvantages of having a baby before finishing your education, or having a stable job? How do the girls on Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant deal with their situations? 

  • What makes the Teen Mom series of shows so popular? Why are people drawn to watch certain types of reality shows that show people in distress?  

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 12, 2018
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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